"We Can Do It!" in 2022

As you may have already guessed, we will not be hosting the Women's Business Symposium in 2021.

Your WBS producers, Claudia and Ann, want to produce the WBS again when we can have an in-person event.  Having attended other virtual conferences this year, we don't think the spirit and purpose of our event would be served online.


In the meantime, you can connect with other business women through membership in Business Women of Pocatello.


All of us have had many COVID disappointments. This is one of our biggest, and we sincerely thank you for your patience.  Look for us in Spring of 2022!


The SBDC is still operating if you want assistance on any business issue.  We are always glad to help: swanann@isu.edu.





Thursday, April 9, 2020     8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m    Sho-Ban  Hotel, Fort Hall, ID

wait list

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Presenting Sponsor

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Marli Williams

Opening: "L.E.A.D the Way!"

Keynote: "Activate Your Purpose"

"Courage in a Cow Suit"

Billie Johnson


Charity Haderlie

Mind Set Shift

Train your mindset to work for you or it will work fiercely against you. 


Experience three simple, yet powerful mindset shifts so that you can break through your greatest obstacles and feel more connected and empowered, both in business and in life.

Ann Swanson

Speed Mentoring

This popular (and ever-evolving) session starts your day with new connections.

 It works like speed dating.  Bring your work-related question or issue and trade feedback with other women. Confidentiality expected.

Minaz Khajah

Wake Up, Instagram!

Explore practical ways to grow your brand's Instagram presence. We'll dive into specific tactics and strategies for hashtags, algorithms, organic engagement and understanding analytics.

You'll leave with takeaways to immediately implement in your social media marketing strategy.

Sharee English

Cyber Security for You and Your Business


60% of small businesses do not recover from a cyber attack. They close.  Learn how to protect yourself and your business from cyber threats with actions you can take without a full time IT department.

Angie Lion

Culture of Connection

In the face of technology, AI, and automation, human connection is now a differentiator in competition and employee culture.

Based on an understanding of Emotional Intelligence, this interactive workshop prepares us for the future workplace.

Kandi Rudd

Employment Law Panel

Hiring, firing, and everything in between.  Kandi Rudd, the regional manager of the Department of Labor hosts a panel of experts for on-the-spot advice and problem solving.

"I sponsor and organize this event because I am passionate about helping women succeed."

Ann Swanson - Director, Small Business Development Center


wait list:  208-282-2817

$35  Individual ticket - admission & lunch for 1

$100 Vendor table (limited #) - admission & lunch for 1 + table

$280 Company table - admission & lunch for 8.

We invite you to decorate your own table (plates etc provided) and provide a swag bag item (250 pc).


Contact Us

Women's Business Symposium 2020

Presenting Sponsor:  Idaho Central Credit Union


Thursday, April 9,  2020

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Event Center

777 Bannock Trail, Fort Hall, ID 83203 

Call or write:

Ann   208-282-4402


Claudia   208-282-2817


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The Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho SBDC) is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It operates in partnership with the SBA, Boise State University, and other funding sources. The support given by SBA through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsor's or participant's opinions, products or services. All programs are offered on a nondiscrimination basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance.